What are Home Exercise Plans?


FitnessOnce you have been assessed and a working diagnosis has been established, your physiotherapist will usually give you a home exercise plan to follow. This is so that you can restore normal movement and thereby reduce pain and dysfunction. It is important that you follow this plan and stick to it. This will ensure that you have the best possible chance of getting better with good long term results.

 

What exercises will I have to do?

This very much depends upon your individual condition and what your normal daily activities are. Your exercises will be specifically tailored to your needs and will take into account your normal daily activities, hobbies, pastimes and general health.

How often will I be expected to do the exercises?

If you want to see significant gains, you will need to do your exercises at least on a daily basis, most of the time several times every day, but the exact frequency will be tailored to your individual requirements and clinical need.

I don’t want to do any exercises.

You do not have to do any exercises, but in most cases, you are very unlikely to get better if you do not change the way the muscles are working. If you do not do the exercises, any additional treatment that you might get while attending Physiotherapy, is unlikely to work in the long run.

I feel I need more support

If you’re in the Middlesbrough area, Middlesbrough Council has a range of programmes to give you varying degrees of support. Please see link here.

For those in the Redcar and Cleveland area, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council also provide a range of programmes to give you varying degrees of support. Please see link here for more details.

These schemes are a good stepping stone if you feel that you need  a little more ongoing support to help you once you have completed your course of physiotherapy. Please talk to your physiotherapist if you would like to be referred to one of the services and they will recommend to your GP that you are referred to the scheme if it is appropriate.

Please see the attached PDF leaflets below for more information.

For patients in the Middlesbrough area

Health through activity (251kb)
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For patients in the Redcar and Cleveland area

Redcar and Cleveland exercise referral scheme (520kb)
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